Keywords: Fort George
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1888 Location: Fort Fairfield Client: Town of Fort Fairfield Architect: George M. Coombs
George Popham and a group of fellow Englishmen arrived at the mouth of the Kennebec River, hoping to trade with Native Americans, find gold and other valuable minerals, and discover a Northwest passage. In 18 months, the fledgling colony was gone.
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
The War of 1812 ended in December 1814, but Eastport continued to be under British control for another four years. Eastport was the last American territory occupied by the British from the War of 1812 to be returned to the United States. Except for the brief capture of two Aleutian Islands in Alaska by the Japanese in World War II, it was the last time since 2018 that United States soil was occupied by a foreign government.
George (the area later known as Fort Wharf), the fort was located at the southeastern side of lower Knox Street, currently the site of the Lyman…
Soon Fort Pownall was constructed at a place called Wasaumkeag (the seal place) in what is today Fort Point in Stockton Springs.